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UAE travel bookings see 195% increase for Eid break

The volume of local and international travel bookings for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr break is up 195% year-on-year so far in 2022 compared to the same holiday period in 2021, dnata Travel said, UAE’s oldest travel provider.

This year, the number of international travel bookings for the first Eid holiday, scheduled for early May, has particularly increased, with 65% of UAE travelers opting for global destinations and 35% opting for staycations, a reported Emirates News Agency. WAM.

This is compared to 68% of travelers booking holidays in the UAE and 32% looking for international holidays, for the same holiday period in 2021.

The top five most booked destinations for travel during the planned Eid Al Fitr holiday period in 2022 so far with dnata Travel in the UAE include Maldives, UAE, Turkey, Mauritius and Oman .

Emily Jenkins, Managing Director, dnata Travel Leisure, commented: “In 2021, vacations to the UAE and the Indian Ocean proved to be the most popular for UAE travelers looking to take a much-needed break from Eid Al Fitr. While these destinations still remain popular for travellers, this year, with more destinations opening, we are seeing a wider range of travel options begin to expand, across Asia, Europe and North America.

“Travel demand is high as many countries reopen their borders to tourists, or relax or remove travel regulations related to Covid-19, making it easier for a passenger to travel.

“Recently opened and accessible, Bali and Singapore in particular are starting to gain traction, while Thailand is rapidly climbing among our ten most booked destinations for Eid Al Fitr. The Maldives remained the top destination of choice with a spike in demand seen in early March due to the removal of its PCR testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers,” Jenkins added.